Conklin Herringbone Fountain Pen - Navy Blue, Medium is rated
Rated 4 out of 5
Looks good, but heavy
This is my first over $50 pen and I was very excited to get it. I inked it up in fire and ice and didn't get any ink flow. Then looked more closely and the nib was tweaked, looked like my front teeth over lapping before I got braces. Goulet was awesome rushed me a new nib and feed right away and not it works great. It has a very heavy cap so posted writing isn't really going to work and it is pretty short so if you have big hands this might not be the right pen for you. It writes pretty good. I was hoping for something a little wetter and smoother for the money but still pretty good. The pen does look great and I get lots of compliments on it. I also really love the texture of the herringbone. In meetings when not writing it's just nice to have in my hand.
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5
Beautiful pen, shoddy performance
This pen is absolutely gorgeous. I bought it on a whim because it hit a lot of the points I'd been looking for in a midlevel pen for months: gorgeous casing, duotone nib, cartridge converter. It's still a beautiful pen and the light catches it exactly the way it does in the photos - and the herringbone texture feels great. Unfortunately its performance is TERRIBLE. Granted I don't have too much experience with fountain pens but it is far and away the driest, scratchiest one I've ever used. It takes roughly double the pressure on this pen to get ink flow compared to my Pilot Metropolitan, and even that it scratches out on me half the time. I've tried it both with some standard cartridges and some bottle inks (I thought maybe the issue was my J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor, since it does have glitter that can chunk up) and both performed equally poorly. Since my fountain pens need to be functional more than they are decorative ornaments, this is a pretty big disappointment to me. It writes -- but it's a lesson in patience. In addition, it is really not meant to be capped - you can, but it totally unbalances the weight of the pen. The pen without the cap is very short (a little over 4in long), so it would likely be difficult to write with in if you have larger hands. Lesson learned for me: don't buy new pens if there aren't any reviews yet.
Date published: 2017-09-17